South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh anticipated to be indicted on homicide fees in slayings of his spouse, son

A grand jury is anticipated to indict embattled South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh on homicide fees in final yr’s slayings of his spouse and son, sources advised NBC Information on Tuesday, the newest twist within the sprawling scandal engulfing a neighborhood authorized dynasty.

In keeping with three sources near the investigation, the grand jury is anticipated to indict later this week on double homicide. They may announce the findings of the indictment shortly thereafter. The household has been notified of the indictment and so has Murdaugh. A part of the indictment relies on new proof. 

Legal professionals for Murdaugh weren’t instantly reached for remark Tuesday afternoon.

Margaret “Maggie” Murdaugh, 52, and youngest son, Paul Murdaugh, 22, have been discovered shot to dying on the evening of June 7, 2021, at their rural property and searching lodge in Colleton County, South Carolina. Murdaugh, 54, referred to as 911 saying he had found the our bodies of his spouse and son.

Murdaugh has additionally been indicted on dozens of financial-related crimes.

From left, Paul, Margaret and Alex way of Fb

Within the wake of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh’s deaths, state regulation enforcement stated they uncovered a monetary scheme involving Murdaugh that started to untangle when, in September, he advised authorities that he had been randomly attacked in a roadside capturing close to the household’s property.

He survived, however the declare got here beneath scrutiny, and days later authorities stated Murdaugh organized for a person to kill him in order that one other son, Buster Murdaugh, the older brother of Paul Murdaugh, may gather on a $10 million life insurance coverage coverage.”

Maggie Murdaugh left her property to her husband in her will earlier than she and their son have been mysteriously killed, in keeping with a replica of her final will and testomony.

Alex Murdaugh’s regulation license was suspended indefinitely final fall by the state’s highest courtroom.

Earlier this yr, he was indicted by a grand jury charging him with 21 counts of breach of belief with fraudulent intent and 6 counts of pc crimes, the South Carolina Lawyer Normal’s Workplace introduced.

The indictments allege that he stole greater than $2.6 million from purchasers Natarsha Thomas, Arthur Badger, Deon Martin, and the household of Hakeem Pinckney.

In all 4 instances, Murdaugh allegedly used funds meant for his purchasers for his personal private use, the indictments state.

Murdaugh was indicted in November and December by a South Carolina grand jury for 48 counts together with breach of belief with fraudulent intent, forgery, cash laundering, pc crimes and acquiring property by false pretenses.

Curtis Edwards Smith, then 61, who’s accused of helping Murdaugh within the failed suicide plot to gather life insurance coverage cash, was arrested in June, in keeping with the South Carolina Legislation Enforcement Division. The costs embody 4 counts of cash laundering, three counts of forgery, and prison conspiracy, NBC affiliate WCBD-TV of Charleston reported.

Smith was beforehand arrested in September after investigators stated Murdaugh gave him a gun and directed Smith to kill him. Smith was charged with assisted suicide, assault and battery of a excessive aggravated nature, pointing and presenting a firearm, insurance coverage fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance coverage fraud, and drug offenses.